speckle-legged dog Posted February 15, 2013 Report Share Posted February 15, 2013 I posted once before about my dog's lack of a startline stay in agility and the book "Control Unleashed" was highly recommended, which I thank people here for because though the "stay" is still slow to come along consistently (it actually is very good in practice, where there are also other dogs and handlers, but less so in class where it is more structured), Layla's behavior outside the agility ring has vastly improved since I began working through that book, and my tension (which rubs off on her) has improved also. The work continues, since once we start running she really does pay attention well. I have a question about a quirk my dog has though. She will NOT allow me to pet her during agility class when we are waiting our turn or when we go to practice agility. She is normally a very affectionate dog at home, lounging on the couch with us rolling over on her back for belly rubs or gladly standing still to get a nice body scratch, and she likes to come to bed with us and literally suction herself to either me or my husband (whoever got to bed first, usually). Just a sweet dog, but when she starts her "work" she gets so excited she makes her "rough-housing" sounds if I try to pet her and pulls away, not at all aggressive, just not tolerating any pets. She isn't a full BC, but is at LEAST half by her appearance and the way she approaches things; is this a BC trait? Or is our girl just a quirky dog? (Which is quite possible, LOL). I just somewhat envy the other folks who sit and pet their dogs in class, even the one other BC in class is cool with that. There's a running joke with me and the Golden Retriever owner in class that she just doesn't believe Layla is completely chilled at home, no matter how many pics I post on FB. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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